Eco Training Safari Guide Course Kenya

Eco Training Safari Guide Course Kenya 

This Masai Mara EcoQuest program is based on our EcoQuest program in South Africa and Botswana and includes unique elements which reflect the fascinating dynamics occurring in the wildlife areas of the Masai Mara.  This program is packed with adrenaline of the "big five" on the Masai Mara plains, guiding skills, and life and work with Maasai Mara

communities will give you the unique safari experience you've been looking for. It is an immersive educational safari for those wanting to visit Kenya specifically and the five day to two week durations fit perfectly with the wildebeest migration and other Kenya travel plans.

If you are a wildlife enthusiast wanting to gain a greater understanding of nature while experiencing East Africa’s wildlife, then the Masai Mara EcoQuest is for you.

Live in our Mara  Training  Centre with daily bush activities on the Mara plains teeming with wildlife; learn to track and trail game; learn about the fauna and flora, study the Kenya night skies and get to know how the ecosystem ticks. Your appreciation  of  the  life  of  safari  guides  in  Africa  and  of  Kenya's  natural  world  will  exponentially  expand.  Located alongside the Mara river, the centre is nestled between community villages and wildlife areas. Whilst absorbing all there is to know about nature on game drives and wilderness walks, gain exposure to the fascinating three-way relationship between Masai Mara wildlife, communities and conservation efforts. 

Some subjects covered on the course

Facts about nature:

  • an introduction to ecology
  • animal tracks and tracking
  • birding and plant identification
  • animal behaviour
  • astronomy

Life in the Mara: explore and learn about

  • wildlife cohabitating with communities, their cattle and crops
  • conflict between pastoralists and the wildlife competing for space and food
  • community schools and sports amidst the Mara conservancies
  • conservation models involving cattle in wildlife areas
  • the rhino sanctuary 

Located on the banks of the Mara river, the centre is nestled between communities and the wildlife conservancies.   The courses  provide  insight into  the issues of co-habitation and conflict between the community herdsmen  with their livestock and crops and the wildlife. The  Mara  Training  centre  evolved  from  informal  community  meetings  under  an  acacia  tree  within  the  Enonkishu Conservancy to what it has become today. Enonkishu  was  founded  in  2009  by  Tarquin  and  Philippa  Wood,  whom  together  with  their  neighbours  established  a community working together to protect the fragile North Eastern boundary of the Mara Serengeti Ecosystem, aiming to improve  livelihoods  and  maintain  heritage,  through  wildlife  compatible  land uses  such  as  eco-tourism  and  improved livestock production in the region.

Mara Training Centre : Enonkishu today secures 6000 acres of wildlife grazing rangelands, owned by the resident community on the edge of the  Greater Mara Ecosystem. It has become a world class wildlife viewing conservancy. Traversing  is  not  limited  to  Enonkishu  alone,  we  also  have  access  to  two  other  conservancies  in  close  proximity.  Ol Choro Oiroua Conservancy  covers 17,000 acres of a group ranch in the northest section of Masai Mara wilderness. The conservancy  logistics  and  land  are  managed  by  Seiya  Limited  under  the  guardianship  of  Fairmont  Kenya,  and  the Fairmont airstrip is also the closest airlink to our camp. Lemek Conservancy is another of Kenya’s wildlife management success stories though with a twist. Most part of Lemek Koiyaki has now merged with the adjoining Mara North thus reducing Lemek’s size to around 19000 acres.  The land was once  privately  owned  by  the  Maasai  communities  before  being  transitioned  to  the  Koyaiki  Group  Ranch  and  Lemek Group Ranch. The group ranches became key partners in the introduction of the conservancy. Measures are taken to set aside areas of the conservancy that served as valuable habitats for flora and fauna. Guest accommodations and activity services are provided to generate revenue to operate the conservancy, as well as benefit local communities. The result is a relatively small conservancy with few visitors, good wildlife viewing and pleasant scenery.

Animals found  in  the  Masai  Mara:  Wildebeest, topi, zebra, and Thomson's gazelle migrate into and occupy the Mara reserve, from the Serengeti plains to the south and Loita Plains in the pastoral ranches to the north-east, from July to October or later. Herds of all three species are also resident in the reserve.All members of the "Big Five" (lion, leopard, African elephant,  cape buffalo, and black rhinoceros) are found in the Masai Mara.  Hippopotami and crocodiles are found in large groups in the Mara and Talek rivers. Leopards, hyenas, cheetahs, jackals,  and  bat-eared  foxes  can  also  be  found  in  the  reserve.The  plains  between  the  Mara  River  and  the  Esoit  Siria Escarpment are probably the best area for game viewing, in particular regarding lion and cheetah.

Accommodation:  The Mara Training Centre has the following very comfortable accommodation overlooking the Mara River

  • 3 twin bandas (sleep 6 pax)
  • 3 bunk bed bandas (sleep 12 pax)

Meals 

Early morning wake-up    (tea, coffee, biscuits, fresh fruit and cereal)

Brunch after activity     (cooked breakfast and fruit salad)

Afternoon tea      (light lunch/ sandwiches)

Dinner         (balanced, warm plated meal with meat, vegetables and salad)

 

All course participants receive an EcoTraining certificate of participation.

Courses :

4 nights / 5 days 

6 nights / 7 days

13 nights / 14 days 

 

Rate includes:

  •  Accommodation (sharing)
  •  Meals
  •  Tea/coffee and cordials
  •  Instruction and training
  •  Game walks
  •  Open vehicle game drives
  •  Sleep outs/ additional activities

Rate excludes:

  • Transfers/transport to and from the camp, before and after the course
  • Any accommodation before and after the course
  • Beverages (beer, ciders, bottled water)
  • Kruger National Park entrance fee (only applicable if the course is at Makuleke Camp)
  • Botswana border crossing (only applicable if the course is at Mashatu)

 

Course Dates : Contact us for course dates